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Where to Get Boiled Crawfish in and Around New Orleans

Whether you’re looking to bring a sack home or pick mudbugs onsite, these are the best New Orleans-area spots boiling crawfish right now

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Here’s one good thing about 2021 so far: New Orleans’s crawfish season is off to an early start. The springtime favorite helped many residents through last year’s stay-at-home order, as essential crawfish spots made it easier than ever for customers to enjoy hot boiled mudbugs at home via pickup or delivery. Though a few local spots have warned they may be more expensive this year, many New Orleanians will be willing to take the hit to enjoy a bit of normalcy this time of year. While not all of the area’s crawfish destinations are up and running at the moment, the guide will be continuously updated through the season.

The list does not include restaurants that are doing boiled crawfish as a special from time-to-time or the bars that hold boils during the season. Most of these spots are places that specialize in boiled seafood and offer a way to enjoy it at home.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Schaefer Seafood

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1726 Lake Ave
Metairie, LA
(504) 833-3973
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Call ahead to check inventory, price, and to place your order at this beloved Metairie seafood shop, and don’t forget cash. There are no tables here and the line can get long, but after 40 years serving up some of the best boiled crawfish in town, staff helps it move fast. Check out the turtle soup in the case as well.

2. Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant (Multiple Locations)

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1713 Lake Ave
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 831-4141
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Deanie’s was the first seafood market to open its doors in the quaint fishing village of Bucktown over 40 years ago. Instead of a basket of bread upon sitting down, diners are given a little bowl of crawfish boil potatoes. In addition to spot-on, perfect boiled seafood, the fried seafood is also killer. Curbside service available at the Bucktown and Magazine Street locations.

3. Captain Sid's

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1700 Lake Ave
Metairie, LA
(504) 831-2840
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Just down the street from Deanie’s, Captain Sid’s has been around for decades and specializes in fresh and boiled seafood. It’s a tidy operation with no tables, so plan on taking your loot with you. Before you go, check the deli case for stuffed crabs, crawfish pies, alligator sausage, and turtle soup to go. Available for pickup seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

4. Nola Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue

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5321 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 571-5038
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Chris “Shaggy” Davis and team opened Nola Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue on Franklin Avenue in January, giving the longtime crawfish boil caterer a new permanent home. Crawfish-seekers will know if there’s hot mudbugs on deck if the flag’s out, and the shop’s Instagram stays up to date with complete crawfish info. Open seven days a week, this is an exciting addition to the city’s crawfish options, not to mention for smoked meats and other seafood.

5. Zimmer's Seafood

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4915 St Anthony Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 282-7150
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Head down Elysian Fields into Gentilly to hit Zimmer’s on St. Anthony Avenue and you won’t be disappointed. A top crawfish destination, it’s also known for it’s hot sausage po-boy.

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6. North Broad Seafood

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1901 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 948-6050
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This grab and go, family-owned store on Broad is a hidden gem and one of the most pleasant spots to get boiled crawfish. The Nguyen family took over the ownership of North Broad Seafood back around 2007 and have been cooking up gumbo, po’ boys, red beans, and all varieties of boiled seafood items, known by the neighborhood as one of the best. Call in your order from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the family at North Broad will have the orders ready at the register.

7. Clesi's Restaurant & Catering

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4323 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 909-0108
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Once a catering operation that gained a following with crawfish boils, Clesi’s is now an essential crawfish destination in Mid City. James Clesi runs the restaurant and the catering arm with his siblings, Carlo Clesi and Sonya Clesi, serving some of the best crawfish around — think citrus, pepper, and clove. Call for curbside service.

8. Broadview Seafood

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1468 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 944-3001
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Broadview is another great family-run Broad Street seafood market — this one calls themselves the “Crawfish House of America.” Good prices and friendly service, it’s currently also available for delivery on Grubhub.

9. Bevi Seafood Co

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236 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 488-7503
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Bevi Seafood started out in Metairie and gained such a following that the owners opened a second spot on Carrollton Avenue, which stays busy. The boiled and fried seafood is spot on, but it is obvious that a lot of attention is given to everything on the menu — and each part of each item on the menu.

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10. Cajun Seafood (Multiple Locations)

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1479 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 948-6000
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The Nguyen family boils such flavorful crawfish that there are four locations of the family’s shop, Cajun Seafood. In addition to grabbing bags of crawfish, try the marinated crab claws, stir-fry, yaka-mein (shrimp, chicken, beef, or combo), and side items like pig feet and turkey necks.

11. Bobby’s Seafood

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9013 Jefferson Hwy
River Ridge, LA 70123
(504) 738-2104
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Bobby’s Seafood in Harahan is a seafood market that sells fresh and boiled seafood, as well as the traditional list of po’ boys (i.e. shrimp, oyster, catfish, roast beef, etc). The food is solid and the freshness of the seafood can’t be beat. It’s mostly a market, but there are a couple tables.

12. Seither’s Seafood

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279 Hickory Ave
Harahan, LA 70123
(504) 738-1116
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Seither’s is tucked away in Harahan and you’ll know you’ve arrived when you a small, brightly colored building in a little parking lot of discarded oyster shells. The menu hits all the basics, but also has some more creative items, like the oyster, bacon and mozzarella monster po’ boy. Seither’s is currently hosting live music in a lovely space outside, a perfect backdrop for picking crawfish.

13. Today's Ketch Seafood

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2110 E Judge Perez Dr
Chalmette, LA
(504) 279-6639
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Around (and loved) since the mid-1980s, the delightful Today’s Ketch offers fresh seafood to take home and prepare or the option to enjoy what they’re boiling on site. Solid deals on crawfish are available for curbside delivery using the newly-created site.

14. J & J Seafood

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632 Franklin Ave
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 366-2219

They’ve been using the same boiled crawfish recipe since they opened the doors to J&J’s back in 1991 and that’s good — the crawfish is so popular that the spot has been known to sell out in under an hour. The focus is the food. Expect no frills or seating Expect no seating. Expect to be delighted.

15. Big Fisherman Seafood

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3301 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 897-9907
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Big Fisherman Seafood is a takeout only operation that is conveniently located on Magazine Street near tons of shopping and bars. Call to place an order for boiled crawfish, and enjoy in the park behind the neighboring Breaux Mart.

16. Boil Seafood House

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3340 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 309-4532
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Boil sits on the bustling corner of Magazine and Louisiana with a menu that includes the once-elusive Vietnamese-style boiled crawfish. Hieu Doan, who just opened sister restaurant Hieux Boil in the former Namese space in Mid City, is behind the restaurant, which serves crawfish, crab, shrimp, lobster, mussels, or clams with Vietnamese, Cajun, garlic, or Caribbean flavors, plus diners get to choose how spicy they want their seafood.

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17. Frankie and Johnny's Restaurant

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321 Arabella St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 243-1234
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It’s officially crawfish season at this Uptown favorite, where neighborhood regulars drinks beer and gulp down crawfish on the front deck or at the lively bar. Also a destination for po’boys and raw and chargrilled oysters. Offering curbside pickup and delivery through D’livery NOLA.

18. Big Ez Seafood

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1632 Lafayette St
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 272-0711

There’s lots to enjoy at this West Bank seafood gem, including a top-notch Viet-Cajun boil, and it’s one of the best spots to get a huge amount of boiled crawfish — just be sure to call ahead. Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

19. Salvo's Seafood

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7742 Highway 23
Belle Chasse, LA
(504) 393-7303
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If you’ve ever dreamt of all-you-can-eat seafood that is fresh, perfectly cooked, and flavorful, this is your spot. The terms of the special change daily, so be sure to call ahead or check the website (it only happens at dinner). As far as crawfish, this is the spot for those 20-pound orders — the price gets lower at five pounds, and again at 20.

1. Schaefer Seafood

1726 Lake Ave, Metairie, LA

Call ahead to check inventory, price, and to place your order at this beloved Metairie seafood shop, and don’t forget cash. There are no tables here and the line can get long, but after 40 years serving up some of the best boiled crawfish in town, staff helps it move fast. Check out the turtle soup in the case as well.

1726 Lake Ave
Metairie, LA

2. Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant (Multiple Locations)

1713 Lake Ave, Metairie, LA 70005

Deanie’s was the first seafood market to open its doors in the quaint fishing village of Bucktown over 40 years ago. Instead of a basket of bread upon sitting down, diners are given a little bowl of crawfish boil potatoes. In addition to spot-on, perfect boiled seafood, the fried seafood is also killer. Curbside service available at the Bucktown and Magazine Street locations.

1713 Lake Ave
Metairie, LA 70005

3. Captain Sid's

1700 Lake Ave, Metairie, LA

Just down the street from Deanie’s, Captain Sid’s has been around for decades and specializes in fresh and boiled seafood. It’s a tidy operation with no tables, so plan on taking your loot with you. Before you go, check the deli case for stuffed crabs, crawfish pies, alligator sausage, and turtle soup to go. Available for pickup seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

1700 Lake Ave
Metairie, LA

4. Nola Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue

5321 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Chris “Shaggy” Davis and team opened Nola Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue on Franklin Avenue in January, giving the longtime crawfish boil caterer a new permanent home. Crawfish-seekers will know if there’s hot mudbugs on deck if the flag’s out, and the shop’s Instagram stays up to date with complete crawfish info. Open seven days a week, this is an exciting addition to the city’s crawfish options, not to mention for smoked meats and other seafood.

5321 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

5. Zimmer's Seafood

4915 St Anthony Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122
Crawfish from Zimmer’s
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Head down Elysian Fields into Gentilly to hit Zimmer’s on St. Anthony Avenue and you won’t be disappointed. A top crawfish destination, it’s also known for it’s hot sausage po-boy.

4915 St Anthony Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

6. North Broad Seafood

1901 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119

This grab and go, family-owned store on Broad is a hidden gem and one of the most pleasant spots to get boiled crawfish. The Nguyen family took over the ownership of North Broad Seafood back around 2007 and have been cooking up gumbo, po’ boys, red beans, and all varieties of boiled seafood items, known by the neighborhood as one of the best. Call in your order from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the family at North Broad will have the orders ready at the register.

1901 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Clesi's Restaurant & Catering

4323 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Once a catering operation that gained a following with crawfish boils, Clesi’s is now an essential crawfish destination in Mid City. James Clesi runs the restaurant and the catering arm with his siblings, Carlo Clesi and Sonya Clesi, serving some of the best crawfish around — think citrus, pepper, and clove. Call for curbside service.

4323 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. Broadview Seafood

1468 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Broadview is another great family-run Broad Street seafood market — this one calls themselves the “Crawfish House of America.” Good prices and friendly service, it’s currently also available for delivery on Grubhub.

1468 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

9. Bevi Seafood Co

236 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA
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Bevi Seafood started out in Metairie and gained such a following that the owners opened a second spot on Carrollton Avenue, which stays busy. The boiled and fried seafood is spot on, but it is obvious that a lot of attention is given to everything on the menu — and each part of each item on the menu.

236 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA

10. Cajun Seafood (Multiple Locations)

1479 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA

The Nguyen family boils such flavorful crawfish that there are four locations of the family’s shop, Cajun Seafood. In addition to grabbing bags of crawfish, try the marinated crab claws, stir-fry, yaka-mein (shrimp, chicken, beef, or combo), and side items like pig feet and turkey necks.

1479 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA

11. Bobby’s Seafood

9013 Jefferson Hwy, River Ridge, LA 70123

Bobby’s Seafood in Harahan is a seafood market that sells fresh and boiled seafood, as well as the traditional list of po’ boys (i.e. shrimp, oyster, catfish, roast beef, etc). The food is solid and the freshness of the seafood can’t be beat. It’s mostly a market, but there are a couple tables.

9013 Jefferson Hwy
River Ridge, LA 70123

12. Seither’s Seafood

279 Hickory Ave, Harahan, LA 70123

Seither’s is tucked away in Harahan and you’ll know you’ve arrived when you a small, brightly colored building in a little parking lot of discarded oyster shells. The menu hits all the basics, but also has some more creative items, like the oyster, bacon and mozzarella monster po’ boy. Seither’s is currently hosting live music in a lovely space outside, a perfect backdrop for picking crawfish.

279 Hickory Ave
Harahan, LA 70123

13. Today's Ketch Seafood

2110 E Judge Perez Dr, Chalmette, LA

Around (and loved) since the mid-1980s, the delightful Today’s Ketch offers fresh seafood to take home and prepare or the option to enjoy what they’re boiling on site. Solid deals on crawfish are available for curbside delivery using the newly-created site.

2110 E Judge Perez Dr
Chalmette, LA

14. J & J Seafood

632 Franklin Ave, Gretna, LA 70053

They’ve been using the same boiled crawfish recipe since they opened the doors to J&J’s back in 1991 and that’s good — the crawfish is so popular that the spot has been known to sell out in under an hour. The focus is the food. Expect no frills or seating Expect no seating. Expect to be delighted.

632 Franklin Ave
Gretna, LA 70053

15. Big Fisherman Seafood

3301 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Big Fisherman Seafood is a takeout only operation that is conveniently located on Magazine Street near tons of shopping and bars. Call to place an order for boiled crawfish, and enjoy in the park behind the neighboring Breaux Mart.

3301 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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16. Boil Seafood House

3340 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
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Boil sits on the bustling corner of Magazine and Louisiana with a menu that includes the once-elusive Vietnamese-style boiled crawfish. Hieu Doan, who just opened sister restaurant Hieux Boil in the former Namese space in Mid City, is behind the restaurant, which serves crawfish, crab, shrimp, lobster, mussels, or clams with Vietnamese, Cajun, garlic, or Caribbean flavors, plus diners get to choose how spicy they want their seafood.

3340 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

17. Frankie and Johnny's Restaurant

321 Arabella St, New Orleans, LA 70115

It’s officially crawfish season at this Uptown favorite, where neighborhood regulars drinks beer and gulp down crawfish on the front deck or at the lively bar. Also a destination for po’boys and raw and chargrilled oysters. Offering curbside pickup and delivery through D’livery NOLA.

321 Arabella St
New Orleans, LA 70115

18. Big Ez Seafood

1632 Lafayette St, Gretna, LA 70053

There’s lots to enjoy at this West Bank seafood gem, including a top-notch Viet-Cajun boil, and it’s one of the best spots to get a huge amount of boiled crawfish — just be sure to call ahead. Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

1632 Lafayette St
Gretna, LA 70053

19. Salvo's Seafood

7742 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, LA

If you’ve ever dreamt of all-you-can-eat seafood that is fresh, perfectly cooked, and flavorful, this is your spot. The terms of the special change daily, so be sure to call ahead or check the website (it only happens at dinner). As far as crawfish, this is the spot for those 20-pound orders — the price gets lower at five pounds, and again at 20.

7742 Highway 23
Belle Chasse, LA

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